I'm Just a Girl

I'm Just a Girl

Deana Carter emerged as one of country's most unique new voices with the release of "Strawberry Wine" (Capitol) in 1996 but lost momentum in the wake of less-inspired releases.
No Me Arrepiento de Nada

No Me Arrepiento de Nada

Contemporizing the traditional banda sound is an increasingly common endeavor but not always one that bears happy results.
Mille Nuits et Une (1001 Nights)

Mille Nuits et Une (1001 Nights)

Lebanese DJ Said Mrad notched a huge hit on the European dance scene with the title track of this album.
The Rough Guide to the Asian Underground

The Rough Guide to the Asian Underground

This compilation is excellent, both in the choice of artists and in its presentation of the variety that can be found in the general Asian underground style.
Collins DVD Documentary Due

Collins DVD Documentary Due

The BBC's Phil Collins documentary "A Life Less Ordinary" will be released on DVD May 20 through Sanctuary Visual Entertainment. First broadcast in November in the U.K., the film is a comprehensive overview of Collins' life, from his start as a child actor to his time as the drummer and then lead singer of Genesis, and his successful solo career.
De La Rocha, DJ Shadow 'March' Against War

De La Rocha, DJ Shadow 'March' Against War

Former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha and mixmaster DJ Shadow have added their voices of protest against the U.S. led war against Iraq in a new song, "March of Death." The cut was made available this morning (March 21) for free download on de la Rocha's Web site and is expected to appear on his long in-the-works Epic solo debut, due sometime this year, according to a spokesperson.
Train Moving Into 'Private Nation'

Train Moving Into 'Private Nation'

Following a number of delays, Train's follow-up to March 2001's "Drops of Jupiter" is slated for a June 3 release via Aware/Columbia, and no one could be happier about the pending arrival of "My Private Nation" than Train frontman Patrick Monahan.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomoplishments of Fleetwood Mac, the Clash, Nas, Swedish Eurovision hopefuls, and 50 Cent.
CHART BEAT CHAT

CHART BEAT CHAT

Fred Bronson discusses the mixing of classical and pop music, one-hit wonders vs. "non-hit wonders," remakes of hit songs, and women on top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Billboard To Honor Manzanero, Franco

Billboard To Honor Manzanero, Franco

Songwriter Armando Manzanero and rapper Edgardo Arias Franco, aka "El General," will receive special honors at the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards, to be held May 8 at the Miami Arena. Manzanero, the Mexican singer/pianist/composer whose songs are synonymous with romantic Latin music worldwide, will receive this year's Billboard Hall of Fame Award, presented for outstanding longtime artistic merit.
Jay-Z Redraws The 'Blueprint'

Jay-Z Redraws The 'Blueprint'

Jay-Z will on April 8 release "Blueprint 2.1," featuring highlights from last year's Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam double-CD set "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse," plus a handful of as-yet-unannounced previously unreleased tracks. The latter set notched Jay-Z his fifth No. 1 album when it debuted last November at the top of The Billboard 200.
Holland Returns With More Big-Name Friends

Holland Returns With More Big-Name Friends

Former Squeeze keyboardist-turned-talk show host Jools Holland is prepping a second star-studded album of guests fronting his band. Due May 27 via Rhino, "Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends" features the talents of such diverse performers as Bono, Norah Jones, Dionne Warwick, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, and Huey of the Fun Lovin' Criminals across its 22 tracks.

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